So-called ‘government watchdog’ headlined, keynoted GOP Fundraiser
COLUMBUS – Today, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued a public records request to the office of Inspector General Randy Meyer regarding the brewing IG scandal that broke earlier this week. As originally reported by the Wilmington News Journal, Meyer, whose job is to be a non-partisan investigator of the executive branch, headlined and keynoted a Clinton County Republican Party fundraiser on January 9.
The public records request asks for all communications between the Inspector General’s office and the Clinton County Republican Party concerning the Century Club Dinner, the Inspector General’s travel schedule on January 9 and reimbursements for mileage, gas and travel he may have received on January 9.
A copy of the letter from Chairman Redfern to the Inspector General’s office follows:
January 19, 2012
Office of the Inspector General
Attn: Jim Manken
30 East Broad Street – Suite 2940
Columbus, OH 43215-3414
Re: Public Records Request
Attention Mr. Manken:
This is a request pursuant to Ohio Revised Code § 149.43 for all records, including without limitation documents and communications whether stored electronically or in hard copy, relating to or concerning:
1. Correspondence between the Inspector General and/or members of his office with the Clinton County Republican Party regarding the Century Club dinner on 1/9/12.
2. The travel schedule of the Inspector General for 1/9/12.
3. The Inspector General’s reimbursement for mileage/gas for travel on 1/9/12.
Please produce the requested records within a reasonable time. We anticipate that these records will be easy for your office to produce, and request that you produce them on a rolling basis as you are able to copy or otherwise reproduce them. We do not wish to wait until you have gathered all of the requested records before you produce them. Please let me know when you anticipate producing records.
If there is any information that will be excluded or any materials that will be redacted (other than Social Security numbers) pertaining to our request, we want to know those categories and under what privacy law or other provisions they are withheld or redacted.
Should any portion of this request be denied, in part or in whole, the law requires written justification for its denial, along with a citation of the appropriate Open Records Act exemption that applies for each record, or portion thereof, that is withheld or redacted.